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New analysis explains role of defects in metal oxides

Sometimes things that are technically defects, such as imperfections in a material's crystal lattice, can actually produce changes in properties that open up new kinds of useful applications. New research from a team at MIT shows that such imperfections in a family of materials known as insulating metal oxides may be key to their performance for a variety of high-tech applications, such as nonvolatile memory chips and energy conversion technologies. The findings are reported this week in the journal Physical …

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Electric Car Life 101

Electric cars — great, fun, quick, clean, smooth, quiet, convenient to charge at home and work. But wait, what's life like with an electric car? How do you charge? Where do you charge? What do you need to charge? How do you protect the most valuable component of the car — the battery Electric Car Life 101 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read …

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Cummins electric semi truck: traditional maker takes on Tesla

The well-established Cummins company chose an appropriate time to reveal its all-electric semi tractor concept: just before Tesla prepares to reveal its own electric semi next month. The traditional diesel-engine maker debuted its Urban Hauler Tractor, a Class 7 semi truck with a 44,000-pound payload. Notably, the company called the semi truck a...

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Harvey’s Devastation Shows the Need for Distributed Energy, Microgrids During Disasters

Harvey, the hurricane-turned-tropical depression that's devastated the Texas gulf coast, has also driven home the value of off-grid energy systems, from backup generators to microgrids — and the dire results of failing to have them ready to prevent disasters. The floodwaters that have killed dozens of people and left tens of thousands homeless, the storm has also

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Electric Car Charging In The City (#Electrifying Webinar)

Our "Electric Car Charging in the City" webinar is starting in a mere seconds! You can watch, ask questions, and make comments on Zoom or on our Facebook page. As noted yesterday, this #Electrifying webinar features a discussion between Artur Sychov (Founder & CEO of EasyCharge.me), Kyle Field (CleanTechnica's VP of Business Development & Chief EV Reviewer), and me. We will chat about the EV charging solutions at hand, the challenges, the way forward, and how we envision the next 1–17 years in the …

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VW engineer gets 40 months in jail, $200K fine, for diesel cheating role

Former Volkswagen employee James Liang was sentenced in Detroit on Friday to serve 40 months in prison and pay a $200,000 fine for his role in the global Volkswagen diesel-emission cheating scandal. It was a stiffer sentence than expected for an engineer who helped to create software that controlled exhaust emissions only when Volkswagen and...

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Tesla Model 3’s Minimalism vs Buttons & Stuff

Long before the final Tesla Model 3 interior was shown, there was daily chatter about the minimalist, sparse, button-free, knob-free, and clean look of the Model 3 interior and especially the dash. Some loved it. Some hated it. Plenty of commenters claimed it was just an effort to cut costs Tesla Model 3's Minimalism vs Buttons & Stuff was originally published on

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Tesla Close To Testing Self-Driving Semi Truck, Going By Emails Between Tesla & Nevada DMV

Tesla is getting closer to the point of testing a long-haul, self-driving electric semi truck, going by recent emails between the company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles that Reuters reported on. How much closer? It's hard to say, especially when one considers the economic hurdles that would have to be surpassed for long-haul […] Tesla Close To Testing Self-Driving Semi …

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BMW Electrified Vehicle Sales Top 50,000 (2017 Sales Through July)

With a fairly broad "green" array — eclectic blend of attractive electrified vehicles — the BMW Group is apparently the world's 3rd biggest plug-in car manufacturer. With the best ever July for BMW Group, the company's total plug-in car sales through July surpassed 50,000. "Year-to-date electrified sales increase 74.8% to 50,711," a press release from the Bavarian auto manufacturer stated

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India’s Recent 500 Megawatt Rooftop Solar Auction Sees Lowest Bid Of 3.4¢/kWh

India has auctioned the largest capacity of rooftop solar power projects in history and the results are extremely promising and could provide a much-needed boost to the rooftop solar power market. India's Recent 500 Megawatt Rooftop Solar Auction Sees Lowest Bid Of …

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An Illustrated Guide to the Growing Size of Wind Turbines

Bigger is almost always better in the wind industry, even if it means difficult logistics. That's the key takeaway from a new report on next-generation wind turbines from MAKE Consulting. The research shows global onshore turbine size increasing at a 3 percent compound annual growth rate between 2012 and 2022, as original equipment manufacturers seek to extract every ounce of potential from the wind resource. The proportion of larger …